The Elementary School at Beacon seeks to form a foundation for each student to develop his/her full potential and expand his/her social and cultural repertoire.
Literacy consolidation, the continuing development of oral communication and the ability to express oneself in Portuguese and English, the understanding of scientific issues, the expansion of research skills and student´s posture awareness are deeply rooted in our Primary Years Program.
We focus on the development of values and skills such as dialogue, group work, tolerance, and mutual respect, which will help students to become responsible citizens, critical, reflective and active beings, who are principled and open-minded; citizens of the 21st century.
A challenging curriculum in each area is structured with specific learning objectives that are appropriate for each grade level.
We are a community that develops the sense of collectivity and collaborative work.
Elementary School I Curriculum
Beacon Elementary Program is organized around the Primary Years Programme transdisciplinary themes, covering all areas of knowledge, namely: Portuguese Language Arts and Literature, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies: Geography and History, Physical Education, Music, Visual Arts and Spanish Language Arts.
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Social Studies - History and Geography
UNITS OF INVESTIGATION
The Portuguese Language Arts activities aim to develop the Elementary School students’ reading, comprehension and writing skills. They are able to cope with different communication demands expressing themselves orally and through writing with aptitude. Our students also acquire reading skills in order to competently retrieve information, interpret facts and ideas, as well as recreate, observe, compare, infer, analyze and criticize written texts.
For reading and writing activities, students are exposed to a multitude of genres in reading: legends, fables, fairy tales, adventure stories, biographies, journals, among others. The permanent access to literature helps develop a critical sense in the young reader, and stimulates the student’s imagination, sensitivity and creativity.
From the earliest years, students at Beacon are exposed to the English language as a means of communicating with peers and adults and of constructing their knowledge in different areas.
They develop their ability to understand, remember, analyze, assess, and apply the ideas they formulate in English Language Arts and in all the other curricular areas.
The development of skills in the areas of oral communication, reading and writing are enhanced by a broad exposure to international literature in the English language.
We connect Mathematics as a scientific, social and technological instrument that can be associated to our human development.
When students are taught Math in a planned, organized and careful way, they will develop their mathematical thinking skills, understand the meaning of these concepts and be able to access them whenever they deem necessary within the school context or in any other situation.
Inquiry-based Science is present in the curriculum of every grade level. Early experiences in Science foster students´ problem-solving skills that empower them to participate in an increasingly scientific and technological world, allowing them to make connections between concepts learned in class and the world around them.
Science is taught through 3 main lines: Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and Matter and Energy. Students are led to predict, observe, explore, question, measure and compare, test theories and articulate beliefs with their peers and teachers; and further modify their thoughts and draw conclusions based on experiments.
Social Studies - History and Geography
In the Elementary School Program, concepts of History and Geography are developed in the same area called Social Studies. Students extend their understanding of human society, focusing on themselves and others within their own community, as well as other communities that are distant in time and place.
Students have opportunities to explore the relationship between valuing the environment and protecting it. They extend their understanding of time, recognizing important events in people’s lives, and how the past is recorded and remembered in different ways. They are able to broaden their understanding of the impact of advances in technology over time, on individuals, society and the environment.
Physical Education is part of an integrated and transdisciplinary programme. It aims to connect the concepts of body and movement to the multiple dimensions of the child, whether in the cognitive, affective, cultural, or motor domains, and provides opportunities for all students to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle and for overall well-being.
The student becomes aware of individual and collective challenges. Positive socialization is encouraged, based on feelings of cooperation, solidarity, respect for others, and accepting diversity.
Music, understood as language, is an area of knowledge with its own grammar and content. In our school, music begins in the Early Childhood Education and permeates the curriculum up to High School, as an integral part of the student’s development.
In the Elementary School, music is approached through perception, singing, creation, percussion and experience with musical instruments. A repertoire of Brazilian popular music ensures the students keep in touch with the national production, strengthening our roots and Brazilian identity. Alongside with songs in English, the activities enrich the bilingualism inside the school.
Our approach considers not only the process of creating and producing art pieces, but also an appreciation for the value of art itself.
The focus of our methodology is investigation and poetical experimentation, developed through direct contact with the materials, the constant exercise of symbolic creation and the appreciation of contemporary and folkloric productions of different artists throughout time.